Americans wonder why they are considered "gun freaks" by other countries. They wonder why there are so many American handgun and rifle killings. They wonder why the crime rate is one of the highest in the developed world and that American percentage is climbing. What would give other countries that impression? And why are Americans so adamant about guns and rifles and their freedom of use of homeland protection and vengeance and from laws and controls set forth?
Here are a few facts for your consideration.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects a right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, (that`s over two centuries ago.) along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The American Bar Association has noted that there is more disagreement and less understanding about this right than of any other current issue regarding the Constitution. Does the American public not realize that the Second Amendment was written at a time when colonial America was fighting the British and to defend themselves against a British invasion? Not, to kill each other as they are doing with such vengeance and regularity. Soldiers killing fellow soldiers, (Ft. Hood). Employees killing fellow employees, (Postal Service). Civilians killing government employees and security guards etc.
Are these gun "control laws" or gun "out of control" laws? You decide. The gun laws of the State of Nevada include the following: Permit to purchase rifles and shotguns? No. Registration of rifles and shotguns? No. Licensing of owners of rifles and shotguns? No. Permit to carry rifles and shotguns? No. Permit to purchase handgun? No. Registration of handguns? No. Licensing of owners of handguns? No. Permit to carry handguns? No. (A permit is required if concealed.) Is there a State waiting period? No. Record of sale: No.
Arizona State gun laws include the following: Permit to purchase rifles and shotguns? No. Registration of rifles and shotguns? No. Licensing of owners of rifles and shotguns? No. Permit to carry rifles and shotguns? No. Permit to purchase handgun? No. Permit to carry handguns? Yes. Registration of handguns? No. Licensing of owners of handguns? No.
This from http://www.concealeddefense.net/gun_lawsupdates "If you plan on visiting any part of Canada, be sure to be aware of their new gun laws. You cannot bring any firearm into Canada without declaring it and paying a C$50.00 fee for a permit. If you have Nevada plates on your vehicle you will get treated to a special search of your vehicle that takes quite a while because the custom agents have been told that residents from Nevada are all to be suspected of carrying concealed guns. This also applies to a few other states, but not to California because the Canadian government knows they are more civilized (read - more Socialistic). This on top of filling out, in triplicate, a long form. We recommend that all members and their friends avoid Canada until further notice." Why would this be the case?
States with the Five Highest handgun death percentages by population. 1 Louisiana: 45.6 %, 19.58 per 100,000 (Pop 4.4 million) 2 Alabama: 57.2 %, 16.99 per 100,000 (Pop. 4.7 million) 3 (tie) Alaska: 60.6%, 16.38 per 100,000 (Pop 7 million) 3 (tie) Mississippi: 54.3 %, 16.38 47 per 100,000 (Pop. 3.0 million) 5 Nevada: 31.5 %, 16.25 per 100,000 (Pop. 2.7 million)
Canadian Statistics for homicides by handguns and rifles for 2009, population 34,087,000 : 611 total directly related deaths. The state of Louisiana alone had in 2009 more handgun related killings by population that the entire country of Canada at over 880.
Fact. This from Esciencenews (29 July 2009) – "Guns smuggled from the US arm criminals in Canada and Mexico, are (sic) contributing to a higher murder rate in Canada and more intense drug crime conflict near the Mexican border. The US is undoubtedly a major supplier of illegal guns (particularly handguns) to both Canada and Mexico. But limited data hamper efforts to predict the effect of a successful crack down on illegal firearms."
Fact: Wal-Mart is the largest ammo dealers in the United States. Second, K-Mart. Third, Sports Authority. Fourth, Gart. Fifth, Big 5 Sporting Goods.
Fact: The Canadian Firearms Registry is a government-run registry of "all legally-owned firearms" in Canada. Period. In the United Kingdom, a Shotgun Certificate (SGC) is required to possess a "shotgun". Period. In Australia. "All Firearms" are subject to registration and licensing. Period. In the United States of America. Read again what I wrote above. Every state has a different set of laws, a different section concerning handguns, rifles, semi-automatics, automatics, bullets, hollow ground (illegal but used) exploding shells (illegal but freely available from an illegal supplier), spent (depleted) uranium tipped shells used by the military (and yes they can be purchased illegally in the United States) and on and on.
So, in closing, do the American's have a gun problem? They don't seem to think there is one especially not according to the NRA. The late Charlton Heston, deceased President of the NRA said, "We need more state gun laws. Not fewer." Now, how do you think he meant that? (More freedom for gun owners and lobbyists.) That's just my opinion and so many others. Is it just me or is it just a figment of the world's imagination also?